30 April 2013
30 April 2013
Surface Generation have signalled the start of a major expansion in Asia with the opening of a dedicated compression moulding demonstration facility in Taiwan with partner UNIC Technology.
Both companies will work to bring Surface Generation’s patented Production to Functional Specifications process (PtFS) to the consumer electronics sector as an integrated processing solution. According to Surface Generation, the PtFS process enables thermoplastic composite components to be created in less than two minutes, dramatically improving the economic viability of using them in lightweight laptops, tablets and smartphones.
Surface Generation and UNIC say they already work in the Asia Pacific region, and have opened the new facility to meet growing demand for carbon fibre based products from multi-national original equipment manufacturers. They expect to rapidly expand the facility, with up to 20 employees in the next year.
Ben Halford, Chief Executive at Surface Generation, comments, “There is huge potential for the PtFS process within consumer electronics, where manufacturers are looking for an economically viable way of mass-producing strong, lightweight components. Our agreement with UNIC Technology, one of the largest suppliers of materials into this sector, coupled with our new facility in Taiwan and the latest version of the PtFS process, will help accelerate this process.”
Johnny Lin, President of UNIC Technology comments, “Providers of consumer electronic products are looking for a way of replacing traditional metallic and plastic parts with composites to make them stronger and lighter. Surface Generation's technologies are unique in enabling composite components to be created reliably, efficiently and in less than two minutes, which are crucial factors for mass market adoption.”